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Tumorregister Tirol
Integrierte Versorgung der tirol kliniken
Instituts für klinische Epidemiologie
Anichstraße 35
Innsbruck
6020
Austria
Mag. Irmgard Delmarko

Description

Registration area

The Cancer Registry of Tyrol covers the population of Tyrol – one of the nine federal states of Austria, located in the alpine region of the western part of the country. The state has an area of 12 648 km2, of which only about 12.5% is habitable. The average altitude of the habitable regions is 740 m. About 15% of Tyrol residents are immigrants, mainly from Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey.

Cancer care facilities

Medical facilities are provided by the Innsbruck University Hospital, two semiprivate hospitals in Innsbruck, and nine local hospitals in the rural districts. Most pathology diagnoses are made by two main hospital departments and five smaller pathology laboratories.

Registry structure and methods

Since 1969, Austrian hospitals have been required by law to report every cancer case. The Cancer Registry of Tyrol began operation at the end of 1986 and has been population-based since 1988. The registry is staffed by a part-time epidemiologist, a full-time registrar, two part-time registrars, and several data entry clerks. Follow-up information is based on probabilistic record linkage between incidence data and all-cause mortality data for the state of Tyrol. Data are checked using the IARC-CHECK program and routines developed by the registry.

Interpreting the results

The population of Tyrol is relatively stable, although the proportion of immigrants is increasing. An organized mammography screening programme covering all of Tyrol was rolled out in 2008. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing was introduced in 1988–1989 and has been available free of charge since 1993 to all men aged 45–74 years. The Pap test, the haemoccult test, and colonoscopy are offered free of charge within the framework of opportunistic screening programmes. Dermatologists organize early detection activities for melanoma every spring.

Use of the data

The registry has published annual reports every year since 1988. Registry data are widely used by physicians (especially at Innsbruck Medical University), and department quality assessment programmes make use of published survival rates. Survival data have also been analysed by the EUROCARE study group. A comprehensive analysis of data quality was published in 2009.

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